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|Obituaries for July 21, 2011|
Blanche A. Bittleston, 86, Peck
Blanche passed away
She was born
Then as a daring
young gal, she decided to go west. She ended up in
She graduated in
1953 with a bachelor's degree in Christian education. She and Oliver
She dedicated her
life to service to God as supporting wife and co-pastor. The
Bittlestons served churches in Big Sandy, MT, Orofino and
Blanche was very
active in the Women of the
Blanche gave as many pennies as she could collect for the mission program "penny a day." She enjoyed numbers and hand-calculating, having solitary time in mountains, playing Skipbo, reading, gardening and picking huckleberries.
Some of her favorite foods included: strawberries and whip cream, hot tamales, red Jello and her homemade sugar-free apple pie.
Surviving Blanche are her husband, Oliver; children: son, Cyrus R. Bittleston and mate Diana Poulton of Orofino; and daughters, Creta L. Reilly and husband Joe Saxton of Uniontown, Corlene A. and husband Tim Becker of Genesee, Christy E. and husband Larry Skinner of Orofino, and Cynthia L. White of Lewiston; brother Arden Seekins of Iowa, as well as 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Lola Seekins; sisters, Aneita Seekins, Florence Bacon, Dorothy White and Marilyne Warne.
A viewing is
Wednesday at Merchant Funeral Home in
Memorial donations are suggested to the WOCG Missionary Society.
Merchant Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Honey and Mom, we can see you now playing your organ with the angels in heaven. We love you and will miss you always!
Frances Jeanette Cooper Korman (Frankie),
She was born
Frankie and her siblings were raised on the homestead at Upper Fords Creek above Orofino. She had many memories growing up on the farm. Her earliest memory was her father shooting a bear from the porch of the cabin. She related the story of rushing into a burning barn to rescue two sobbing children.
She grew into a
beautiful young lady and caught the eye of Mont Kerr. She was 17
when they married. Three children were born from that marriage,
Ione, Sam and
The family pulled
up stakes and moved to
For many years
Frankie worked downtown at the Skaggs Drug Store, later called
Payless and Rite Aid. She worked in the cosmetic department
providing friendly service to most everyone that lived in
She met and
married Hank Korman.
Frankie was a gracious hostess as they entertained family and friends at their home. They also enjoyed the horse races at Le Bois Park.
After Hank passed away, she was a resident at Hillcrest Retirement and Ashley Manor. She was cheerful and enjoyed the company of the other residents. She was always a lady and stood out as a striking woman.
She is survived by two sisters, Mabel Grogan, Priest River and Effie McAllister, Orofino; two brothers, Ollie Cooper, Orofino and Lloyd Cooper, McCall; two sons, Sam (Nita), Boise and Denton (Wendy), Panguitch, UT; daughter, Kandy (Tom) Compton, Boise; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband Hank, daughter Ione; seven brothers and sisters; and two grandchildren.
were held June 24 at Summers Funeral Homes in
The family would like to thank Life Care Center of Treasure Valley for their kind loving care during her final days.
Jeffrey P. Ott, of Pierce, 1957-2011
Copperhead is gone. Kicking-up daisies dead. That little SOB finally threw in the shop towel. He said, "I love you all, but I'm tired of this crap. I'm gonna go have a few beers with Dale and talk about what a bunch of wussies they have driving and running NASCAR."
He gave it a ride, though. Someone wrote, "The purpose of life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave with a well-preserved body, but rather to slide in sideways, completely used up, yelling and screaming, what a ride!"
With Copperhead, it was a four-wheel drift around a tight curve going up to Jump Off Joe on a summer day with a Rainier in his crotch in a Sunbeam Alpine with the top down on a newly graveled road, with the tach pinned and white knuckles on the steering wheel - spewing gravel in the faces of all the doctors that told him he wouldn't make it.
Wouldn't make it, my butt! He's been flipping the bird at the medical profession for so many years that he'll need physical therapy to wrap his hand around a cold one. Ah, Copperhead. What a ride. And what a love! CH will always mean cars and love. Your love of cars and your love of the people you touched. And your scathing wit.
Dang, you were a presence. And you knew how to deal with customers. "Do you have a fan belt for a '65 slant six?" "Yep." "Can I get one?" "Yep." "...Why aren't you getting it for me?" "Cause you didn't say please." and "How much is an air filter for a '76 Volare?" "$12.99." "Schucks only charges $6.99 but they're out of them." "Yeah, well we only charge $4.99 when we're out of them." Dang you were funny. And you were determined to go the way you wanted to - peacefully at home with your mommy and your sisters by your side.
We'll think of you every time we see a Hillman for sale. We'll think of you every time we see a NASCAR logo. We'll think of you every time we talk to a friend and know they're listening to us and loving us.
Goodbye, you beautiful curmudgeon. As you're cruising the back roads of heaven looking for that barn-car that you can buy for $100, sell for $500, buy back for $100 and resell for $500 - as you're doing that, just smile down on us occasionally and keep a cold Bud in the back-seat cooler for us. We'll all be there eventually, and we'll be dang thirsty.
The family would like to invite you to a celebration of life for Jeff this Saturday, July 23, starting at 2 p.m., in the courtyard at the Timber Inn in Pierce, ID. If you would like to bring a dish please do. If not, please, just bring yourselves.
|Obituaries for July 14, 2011|
Zoie McLean, 106, Orofino
Zoie McLean passed
She was born
She graduated from
She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Elizabeth Mangis; sister Lena Hauger; brother Orville Mangis; great-grandson Travis McLean and great-granddaughter Heather McLean Lougee.
She is survived by two sons Courtney McLean and wife Evelyn, Orofino and Douglas McLean and wife Leota, Redwood City, CA; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service
celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, July 30 at
William G. Crutcher, 81, former resident
William G. (Bill)
He was born in Ahsahka to James and May Crutcher “in the little house up on the hill that looked over the river.” He was raised in the Orofino area.
As a youngster, Bill loved to fish in the area where Dworshak Dam is now located. He would also hunt the area behind the dam for deer. His father always told him “you can catch a fish where there aren’t any fish and find a deer where there aren’t any deer.”
Bill served in the Korean War returning in 1954. He had gone to a movie and stopped off for a cup of coffee at the Empire Café where he met “a little bubbly red-head” named Marilyn Williams. He escorted her home every night after that until they married in June. With this bond came three children, twins Jan (Johnson) and Jill (Murphey), and a third daughter, Judi Crutcher. Though now divorced, Bill and Marilyn remained very good friends.
As a young man
Bill worked at the Riverside Mill in Orofino. From 1967-1971, he
served in the
Bill was involved in many civic, fraternal, and governmental organizations, including Jaycees, Odd Fellows, Eagles, Elks, AMVETS, Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club to name a few. He was also involved with the Orofino Little League as coach and umpire for 17 years, one of the favorite “jobs” that he ever had.
He was involved with OCI (Orofino Celebrations Inc.) For 40 years, he was the auctioneer at the Orofino Lumberjack Days. He loved this because he would prank many of his friends such as selling a box of cigars worth $7 for $45 or selling a hair permanent to a bald guy.
Bill was preceded in death by his brother Jim.
He is survived by his angel, Bernice Charlton (Miss Kitty) of Weston, WA, daughters Jan Johnson, Jill Murphey and Judi Crutcher, all of Boise; sister Mary Ellen Starkey, Arizona; ex-wife and friend Marilyn Williams, Boise; four grandchildren, Stephanie Hendrickson, Dustin Strickland and his wife Heidi, Riley Johnson, all of Boise and Janelle Ritchey and her husband Dave, Scottsdale, AZ and great-grandchildren Austyn Mason and Trevor Strickland.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Contributions in Bill’s honor can be made to a charity of your choice.
Bill is back in his “little house up on the hill that looks over the river.”
Janet Kingen, 63, Fraser
Stevens Kingen was born in Orofino on
They moved to
She loved to cook, clean, play pinochle, do puzzles and watch movies. She enjoyed her grandkids. Janet loved to help people and she never met a stranger. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Pete Kingen; her daughters, Julie Woods of Post Falls, Deann and her husband Greg Sanders of Canal Winchester, OH; her grandsons, Brandon Woods and Colter and Caleb Sanders.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ken Stevens, mother Eva Stevens, and sisters Joan Ann and Linda Montambo.
were held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino on Wednesday, July
13 with Pastor Don Blain officiating. Burial was at
Doris Lyda, 77, Orofino
Doris Bonner Lyda,
77, passed away
She was born in
the family home in Orofino, to Blaine and Cleta Bonner on
She met her life’s partner when she opened the family door to
a disheveled but handsome young man needing help with a deer. Doris
and Perk Lyda were married
The young couple
spent their honeymoon years living at Johnson’s Mill where Perk
In the late 50s,
She loved being
outdoors whether to work or play. Perk became a professional fishing
guide on the
friendships led to many interesting traveling experiences, several
cousins are more like sisters and brothers and she loved spending
time with them on trips to
She is survived by her husband Perk and dog Buffy at their Orofino home of 55 years, her “girls” Cheri Jenks and Karen/Bird Goodwin, and many cherished cousins and friends.
A memorial service
will be held this Saturday, July 16, at
In lieu of flowers
a donation to the Clearwater Humane Society,
Gordon J. Boyd, 66, Orofino
Gordon James Boyd
He was born
He married Sherry Farance in 2005. They were later divorced but continued to live together until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his bonus son, AJ Swandic.
He is survived by his ex-wife Lynne Boyd, Orofino; sons James Boyd and partner Tammy Clark, Orofino and Dan Boyd, Lewiston; daughters Mary and husband Galen Kuykendall, Orofino, Michelle and husband Kevin Keenan, Lewiston, and Nicole Curtis, Lewiston; sister Gayle and husband Pete Young, of Montana; uncle Ken Clausen, Clarkston, WA.
He is also
survived by his partner of 20 years, Sherry Boyd at the family home
in Orofino; bonus children, John Cermak, Jr. and wife Debbie,
Services were held July 8 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orofino.
Gordon was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Jeffrey Ott, 53, Pierce
Jeffery Paul Ott,
of Pierce, died
|Obituaries for July 7, 2011|
Ferice Childers ,
, 85, Orofino
Childers, age 85, passed away at his home in Orofino, on
Gordon Boyd ,
, 66, Orofino
Gordon James Boyd
Memorial services will take place Friday, July 8 at at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, with reception to follow in the Little Flower Room.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Robert Decoria ,
, 65, Orofino
Ronald Ray Trieb, 57, Clarkston
Ronald Trieb, of
He was born
He graduated from
He married Judith
Ron spent nine years in the baking industry. He also worked as a truck driver and dispatcher for Coca-Cola and Canyon Creek. He lived in the valley most of his life; the past 25 years being in Clarkston.
He was a volunteer for the Latah County Fire Department. Ron was very involved with restoring old cars. He also owned numerous jet boats and loved to fish.
Survivors include his wife, Judith, at their Clarkston home; a son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Jamie Recio of LaGrande, OR.; daughter, Amy Recio of Coeur d'Alene; an adopted daughter, Jennifer Trieb; two brothers, Russell and Tammy Trieb of Weippe, and Reggie and Pam Trieb of Mandan, N.D.; he leaves behind numerous grandchildren, and nieces and nephews, who were all very special to him.
He was preceded in
death by his mother, Agnus,
A wake will be held
in memory of Ron's life at July 16 at
Arletha Phillips-Bell, 68,
Born in Twin Falls,
Growing up, Lea traveled extensively throughout the
Living for a short time in Orofino in the early 60's while her dad work on the road to Dworshak Veiwpoint and the diversion tunnel for the future Dam, she work at the Old Idaho Inn on Riverside for Mary and Carl Peterson.
In 1963, she moved to
Most recently she enjoyed a family reunion over memorial
weekend at her sister's place on
Lea was preceded in death by her dad, Glen D and mom, Ardith I Phillips of Orofino in 1974.
She is survived by her son David L Bell, grandsons Brenden and Brady of Arlington, TX; brother, Del (Melodie) Phillips; nephew Carmon (Linda) and family, Onalaska, WA; sisters, Edna (Bobbey) Phillips, Purcell, OK and her three adopted children, WA; Evelyn C Wilson, Orofino; nephews, Jim and Rory Wilson, CA; niece Robbie Wilson and son, Lewiston; Robin Phillips-Hofmann (Pat); niece Logan of Washington, OK; aunt, Darlene Cash, Molt, MT and several cousins. At her request cremation took place. A private memorial will be held at a later date.
Grace Fern Moore,
better known as Fern G. Moore, 89, passed away on
Fern is survived by her daughters; Delores E. Phillips and husband Charles of Huntsville, AR and Teresia E. Gould and husband Randy of Yuma, AZ; seven grandchildren, Charles Phillips Jr., Dee Ann Phillips, Carl Phillips, Tricia (Gregg) Dominguez, Crystal Carter, Earl Phillips, Amanda Gould, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, who live in the states of Arkansas, Washington, Montana, Idaho and Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Fern came from a
very large family of seven children; her parents and other siblings
all preceded her in death in addition to two grandsons, Billy Joe
Phillips and Babe Phillips.
Earl M. Moore and
G. Fern Haggard were married
Fern, Earl and
Delores then traveled to
hunting, camping, fishing, rock hounding and jeep rides into the
wilderness country of
She belonged to a
Ladies Club in
will be at
Any donations can
be made in her name to the
Donna Rueppel ,
, 83, Peck
Rueppel, of Peck died
Ethel V. Luke, 95,
Ethel V. Luke, of
Ethel was born in
Her mother passed
away the day after the twins' birth, leaving the twins and three
siblings. Ethel's maternal grandmother, Ella Marble Farris, raised
Ethel until she was 16. Her twin sister and her older sister were
raised by an aunt, and the two boys were raised by their paternal
grandmother. At age 16, Ethel went to live with her father on his
Ethel loved to dance the popular dances of the time including the polka and round dancing.
She graduated from
high school in 1933 in
They made their
home in several towns around the Northwest and finally settled in
Clarkston. Henry was employed as a foreman in the automotive
business and Ethel began her nursing career at the old
In 1957, they left the valley to move to a small ranch at Peck. Henry raised cattle, and Ethel went to work at the Orofino hospital. While at this hospital, she especially loved being a surgery nurse and head of central supply. She also worked as an office nurse at the Orofino clinic. She retired from nursing in 1978.
Henry and Ethel
were married 49 years when Henry passed away in March 1985. Since
then she has lived in the
She is survived by
her four children, Gordon Luke, Virginia Flores and Sandra Boyer,
Ethel would want to be remembered for her strong support of her family and friends, and her dedication to her nursing career. She had a great sense of humor and quick wit, which stayed with her all of her life. She was "good company." She liked watching sports on television, especially football. She loved to attend the events in which her children and grandchildren were participating and was known for enthusiastic vocal support.
Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Henry, a grandson, Eric Montgomery, one sister and one brother.
She will be
interred in the